Senator Sanders Cites ‘Significant Progress’ re: Post Office Closings (Herald of Randolph)
July 6, 2012
It looks now like many of the small rural post offices in Vermont which were threatened with closure will remain open for at least the next few years.
Sen. Bernie Sanders helped lead the effort to pass a Senate postal reform bill, which he says protects rural post offices and strengthens the financial situation of the postal service.
The most recent plan would keep existing post offices in place, but with modified retail window hours. Access to the retail lobby and to PO Boxes would remain unchanged, and the town’s zip code would be retained.
Locally, this means that the post offices in Barnard, Brookfield, East Randolph, Gaysville, Granville, Hancock, Randolph Center, Sharon, South Strafford, Strafford, Tunbridge, and Vershire will remain open with reduced hours.
In a phone interview June 19, Sen. Sanders told The Herald, “A year ago, the postmaster general came out with a draconian proposal to shut down some 15,000 rural post offices in the U.S. over a five-year period. I think the legislation that we passed in the Senate a few weeks ago showed the postmaster general that this was just not acceptable.
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